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Jeff Dunham Review: San Jose, April 18, 2009

April 19, 2009

UPDATE: I caught Jeff Dunham on Letterman. Did exactly what he said he would during the San Jose show. Good stuff. Letterman seemed to enjoy!

*If you’ve seen Jeff Dunham live, let me hear your thoughts on his live show*

It wouldn’t be prudent if I didn’t begin with “Silence….I kill you!”

Comedian Jeff Dunham made a stop in San Jose last night at the HP Pavillion, home of the San Jose Sharks. It was a great night for comedy as a sell out crowd filled the arena for the 8 p.m. show.

For those of you who don’t know him, Dunham is a ventriloquist and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Star Search, Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents and The Tonight Show. Most people know him from Comedy Central and his three specials on that network: Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special.

The night began with Brian Haner, also known as “Guitar Guy”. He joined up with Dunham recently and has been featured on the Christmas special as well as numerous videos on YouTube. Haner warmed up the audiences with a few songs about OJ, Oprah, The Octuplet Mom and others. Really good stuff and a talented guitar player.

After a fifteen minute intermission, it was time for the main event! Dunham did some great standup (minus puppets) talking about his trip to Medford, Oregon which was diverted to Klamath Falls instead. To make a long story short, the military had guns drawn, pointed at their heads and Dunham asked if anyone knew Achmed the Terrorist! Ha Ha!

Walter came out first, and did his usual schtick. Good joking with Dunham about “Manuel” the bathroom attendant and of course, Walter’s wife.

My personal favorite, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, was second and he had us rolling in the aisle with not only his signature “Silence, I kill you” but he had plenty of good stories about his terrorist days and dating. I loved his discussion with Dunham about the cotton “missiles/bombs” that he found in his drawers. The little string “fuse” and the special guided missiles “with wings” classic.

As always, Guitar Guy came back out to perform with Achmed and Dunham did his best to make him laugh. I’d love to give away a lot of what was said, but number one, I need to keep the site clean, and number two, I don’t want to ruin the show for anyone else who goes. If you want answers, just email me!

Peanut came out third and was accompanied (only briefly) by Jose Jalapeno…on a steeeek! Peanut was in rare form tonight with lots to say. He easily had the largest laughter of the night during his “Taste of China” routine. I’ve heard this before but its just as funny the second, third and fourth time.

Dunham also brought out some jokes with Peanut to practice for the Late Show with David Letterman, which he’ll be performing on tomorrow night. Can’t wait to see that!

I’d love to tell everyone what the phrase of the night was, but like I said, this is a clean site. OK, I’ll just put some symbols in to cover up the actual words 🙂 Smooshed P*&%y! Sometime early in the show, the term was used and it ended up being used the rest of the show for some good laughs. Note to Dunham, keep this in the act!

Bubba J was brought out for the encore and did the same act as the DVD. What was great was that the audience was reciting the act word for word. Dunham looked to be having a good time with it!

It appeared that the night was over when a large cake with Walter, Achmed and Peanut came rolling out on stage. It turns out that April 18 is Jeff Dunham’s birthday! Sweet! He seem genuinely appreciative of the GREAT looking cake and the crowd sang happy birthday! Great end to the evening!

This was my first time seeing Dunham live and it won’t be my last. Overall, a great show with a lot of new material. Even the old stuff was good! I loved getting nearly an hour of Achmed who was the character I had hoped to see most. I highly recommend taking in this show if it comes to your town. If you can’t, be sure to pick up one of the DVD’s!


Jon Stewart Wins Showdown With Jim Cramer

March 13, 2009

Great television last night on Comedy Central!

Comedian Jon Stewart and financial commentator Jim Cramer squared off over the CNBC  network’s reporting of Wall Street ahead of the market meltdown. It was amazing to sit and watch as Cramer, who usually has plenty to say, just sat there and took it. I read somewhere that he was like a kid trying to behave in class so that the teacher would pass them.

I love this analysis of CNN before the showdown last night:

From Reuters:

In recent days on his mock news program “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the funnyman has taken Cramer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” to task by saying he and CNBC reporters befriended Wall Street executives and former government officials instead of questioning them as journalists should.

Cramer, who offers advice and stock market tips on his CNBC show, has fought back, saying Stewart chose only examples of bad advice Cramer had given.

“I think everyone could come in under criticism. We all should have seen it before,” Cramer said. “Everybody got it wrong. I got a lot of things wrong.”

Average people trusted financial advisors who told them to pour money into market-oriented accounts for the long term, Stewart said, and those people lost their money when Wall Street used those savings to generate short-term profits.

Stewart said financial reporters like Cramer and others on CNBC should have taken the time to uncover financial shenanigans and not have been so quick to trust business executives and government officials.

“The financial news industry is not just guilty of a sin of omission but a sin of commission,” Stewart said.

With financial markets headed upward almost daily in recent years, Cramer said it was hard to believe the march skyward would not continue. “The market was going up for a long time and our real sin, I think, was to think it could continue to go up a lot,” Cramer said.

In the end, the two agreed the financial press corps should refocus on asking hard questions of top executives.

“Maybe we can … start getting back to fundamentals on the reporting, and I can go back to making fart noises and funny faces,” Stewart said.

“I think we can make a deal right here,” Cramer said, and the two shook hands.

Time Warner, Viacom Reach New Deal

January 2, 2009

Time Warner Cable and Viacom have finalized details on an agreement that will allow Time Warner customers to continue to watch programming on Viacom’s MTV Networks.

From the New York Times:

The ball had already dropped in Times Square, but MTV Networks and Time Warner Cable kept talking into the early new year and concluded a deal in principle that ensured that shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Colbert Report” would still be available to the 13.3 million subscribers to the Time Warner Cable service.

The final terms, which were not disclosed, will be worked out in talks in the next few days, an executive at Viacom, the parent of MTV, said.

The two sides had faced a deadline of midnight to renew the contract under which Time Warner pays MTV a rights fee for its 20 cable networks, which include MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, TV Land, BET and Spike.

Viacom demanded an increase of about 23 cents per subscriber to cover its full portfolio of channels, under a threat that it would remove all 20 networks from Time Warner’s systems. Viacom’s chief executive, Philippe P. Dauman, said the increase was justified because MTV Networks had been underpriced compared with other cable networks with fewer viewers.

From CNN:

A source close to the negotiations told CNN that TWC is expected to agree to pay a modest increase to Viacom in the new deal.

The developing agreement is expected to benefit both companies and their audiences, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman said.

On Wednesday, TWC customers faced the prospect that channels such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV could go dark as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

The dispute arose after Viacom announced new fees for carrying its networks – adding up to $39 million a year on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars TWC is already paying to Viacom, according to TWC spokesman Alex Dudley.

Dudley described the 15% overall increase in fees as “unreasonable,” since programming rates are declining and the United States is facing terrible economic conditions.

TWC  – a publicly traded unit of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN – says it’s working to protect its customers’ interests, but Viacom argued the renewal fees were reasonable and modest when considering the profits TWC enjoys from Viacom networks.

According to Viacom, the new fees would amount to less than 2.5% of what TWC generates from their average customer.

Time Warner May Lose ‘Daily Show’, ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘SpongeBob’

December 31, 2008

Viacom Inc. said today that its Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 16 other channels will go dark for 13 million subscribers at 12:01 a.m. (ET) tomorrow if a new carriage fee deal with Time Warner Cable is not agreed upon by then.

From the Associated Press:

The impasse would mean “SpongeBob” and other popular shows like Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” will be cut off on the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable primarily serves people in New York state, the Carolinas, Ohio, Southern California and Texas.

Viacom has asked for fee increases of between 22 percent and 36 percent per channel, or a total of $39 million more, an amount that could increase customers’ cable bills, said Time Warner Cable spokesman Alex Dudley.

“The issue is that they have asked for an exorbitant increase in their carriage fees and their network ratings are sagging,” Dudley said. “Basically we’re trying to hold the line for our customer.”

Viacom spokeswoman Kelly McAndrew disputed the figure, saying Viacom requested an increase in the very low double-digit percentage range.

Viacom said the increases would cost an extra 23 cents a month per subscriber. It said that Americans spend a fifth of their TV time watching Viacom shows but its fees make up less than 2.5 percent of the Time Warner cable bill.

“We make this request because Time Warner Cable has so greatly undervalued our channels for so long,” Viacom said.

“Ultimately, however, if Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and the rest of our programming is discontinued — over less than a penny per day — we believe viewers will see this behavior by their cable company as outrageous,” Viacom said.

Jeff Dunham Sets Comedy Central Ratings Record

November 19, 2008

Comedy Central’s “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special” became the most-watched program in the network’s history on Sunday, as 6.6 million viewers tuned in to the show.

I’ll admit, I love those puppets he brings out, especially Walter and Achmed the Dead Terrorist! I watched the original airing of the Christmas special, as well as the rerun immediately following. If you haven’t checked his show out, make sure to make time. Tickets for his show here in San Jose go on sale Friday, with pre-sale beginning today!

From TV Week:

“Dunham” surpassed “South Park’s” 1998 cliffhanger resolution, “Cartman’s Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut,” which drew 6.2 million viewers.

The program also dominated the night on cable, bringing in a 3.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, making it the highest-rated standup special in that age group on the channel.

Coupled with new episodes of “South Park,” “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Chocolate News,” Comedy Central had its best week in prime-time in adults 18-49 since June 2006.

Barack Obama Interview With Jon Stewart on the Daily Show

October 30, 2008

Barack Obama continued the final stretch of his campaign last night with an appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Obama’s appearance comes immediately following his half hour long infomercial which ran in prime time on several major networks last night, as well as a few cable networks.

From Newsday:

Just in case you got silly and didn’t do it, you missed out. Jon Stewart rocked with special guest Barack Obama. Ordinarily, conventional wisdom suggests that a presidential candidate with this type of lead in the polls (but, seriously, who really believes those things aside from the TV politicos who yap and yaw because there’s a camera in their face and a check in the mail?) should avoid going on a show that airs on a network called “Comedy Central.”

But these are not conventional times we live in.

We’ve got the video at the bottom of this post, but if you prefer to read the Obama-Daily Show full transcript of the via-satellite interview, you can do that, too..

From ABC:

“The Polls have you up,” said Stewart, “but then they keep talking about the Bradley affect, this idea that white voters when they go to the polls they will tell pollsters they will vote for an African American but they won’t actually do it?”

“Yeah, they’ve been saying that for awhile but we’re still here,” Obama said. “So I don’t know. I don’t think white voters have gotten this memo about the Bradley Effect.”

“Are you concerned in some respects,” Stewart joked, “I don’t know how to bring this up, your mother is from Kansas, father African, are you concerned that you may go into the voting booth and –“

“I wont know what to do,” Obama joked, finishing the comedian’s thought.

” — your white half will all of a sudden decide, ‘I can’t do this!'” Stewart said.

“Yeah,” Obama said. “It’s a problem … I’ve been going though therapy to make sure that I vote properly on the 4th.”

Daily Show Turns Politicians Into Famous Cartoon Characters Foghorn Leghorn and Droopy Dog

September 6, 2008

So is Fred Thompson really Foghorn Leghorn and Joe Lieberman really Droopy Dog? The answer is yes, according to Jon Stewart at the Daily Show. Well, at least they have amazing similarities.

Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or an independent, you have to admit that there is a striking resemblance in both looks and voices.

*If the video does not work, it means that someone has taken it down due to copyright rules.

From Animation Magazine:

There’s nothing novel about comparing American politics to a cartoon, but one late-night TV comedian got big laughs by pointing out that some of our leading politicians are becoming real-life versions of classic cartoon characters. The point was illuminated following Tuesday night’s broadcast of the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

During Wednesday night’s broadcast of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart noted the similarities between two Republican Convention speakers and a pair of iconic animated characters. Republican Senator Fred Thompson, with his puffed-up bravado and folksy Southern Drawl, was likened to boisterous Looney Tunes favorite Foghorn Leghorn, and jowly, slow-speaking former Al Gore running mate Joe Lieberman was compared to Tex Avery’s MGM creation, Droopy Dog.